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  •  Unfortunately it shows how out of touch (1+ / 0-)
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    jeopardydd

    Obama is and has been, since he has been at least equally...and at most points more...focused on the deficit than on jobs...one reason the health care reform plan is such a political disaster (still  more than 2 years from implementation, except a few minor provisions) is that it was designed to "lower the deficit" (though the accounting trick of counting the first ten years as 2010-2020, when the first four of those years had no universal coverage and hence no government subsidies).

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 10:45:36 AM PDT

    •  It's not just Obama... (4+ / 0-)

      ...it's the entire Democratic Party.

      Even the Progressive Caucus is competing in the Titanic-deckchair-rearranging game of balancing the budget in the midst of a recession.

      Nobody in DC is willing to take the truly progressive position that, as Jamie Galbraith says, the budget deficit is a phony problem. And trying to tackle it in the midst of a sluggish economy will have terrible results for most Americans.

      "[S]ince Obama keeps talking nonsense about economics, at what point do we stop giving him credit for actually knowing better? Maybe at some point we have to accept that he believes what he’s saying." --Paul Krugman

      by GreenSooner on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 10:58:39 AM PDT

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